Last year’s coronavirus restrictions forced D.C. restaurants to adapt, with many shifting to “streateries” — and now, these improvised outdoor dining spaces are on their way to becoming permanent.
The District’s streatery program has been extended through Feb. 28. Businesses already permitted to participate won’t have to reapply, and licenses will renew automatically, DCist reported.
A spokeswoman told WTOP the extension was communicated directly to permit-holders.
The streatery program is expected to become permanent in some form sometime in 2022. Other changes, like curbside pickup and heaters during cold weather, will also remain in place.
In a District Department of Transportation survey of 100 permit holders, 87% said the streateries increased their revenue, while 78% were able to rehire staff or bring on new employees.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, the Shared Streets program, which has made outdoor dining and other activities possible, will also continue through the summer.